Department of Mathematics

Mathematics Education

The Mathematics Education Unit has attracted research funding from government and private sources. There is regular outreach activity into schools and the New Zealand mathematics education community, and the unit has links with overseas institutions.

Permanent Research Staff

  • Tanya Evans 
    Mathematics education, teaching and learning in a university environment, professional development of mathematics lecturers, non-routine problem solving.
  • Igor' Kontorovich 
    Mathematics education, advanced mathematical thinking at secondary and university levels, cross-curricular mathematical processes and ideas.     
  • Thorsten Scheiner
    Mathematics education, cognition and learning at the university level, teacher education.
  • Caroline Yoon
    Mathematics education, mathematical conceptual growth, task design, the teaching and learning of discrete mathematics, mathematical modelling, tertiary mathematics education.
  • Stephanie Budgett  (Statistics Department)
    Statistics education, conceptual understanding of probability at the undergraduate level, statistical literacy. 
  • Maxine Pfannkuch (Statistics Department)
    Statistics education, probability from a modelling perspective, statistical thinking, statistical literacy.


Professional Teaching Fellows

Emeritus Staff


Past International Visitors

  • Professor Michèle Artigue, Paris Diderot University
  • Professor Ferdinando Arzarello, Turin University
  • Professor Merrilyn Goos, University of Queensland
  • Professor Horst Hamacher, Kaiserslautern University
  • Professor Celia Hoyles, University of London
  • Professor Gabriele Kaiser, University of Hamburg
  • Professor Barbara Jaworski, Loughborough University
  • Professor Colette Laborde, Joseph Fourier University
  • Professor Jean-Marie Laborde, Joseph Fourier University
  • Professor Frank Lester, Indiana University
  • Professor Bill McCallum, University of Arizona
  • Professor Kevin McLeod, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Professor Richard Noss, University College London
  • Professor Alan Schoenfeld, UC Berkeley
  • Professor Anna Sfard, The University of Haifa
  • Professor David Tall, The University of Warwick
  • Professor Rina Zazkis, Simon Fraser University

Current and recent postgraduate students

  • Noor Aishikin Adam | Weaving, culture and mathematics.
  • Shehenaz Adam | The development and implementation of an ethnomathematical curriculum in the Maldives.
  • Wilfredo Alangui | Ethnomathematics and indigenous education.
  • Pip Arnold (with Statistics) | Developing student concepts for statistical questions, distribution and informal inference.
  • Sze Looi Chin | Exploring students’ identities through routines of encapsulation: A case study on characteristics of narratives about struggle in mathematics.
  • Ban Heng Choy | The role of noticing in developing mathematical thinking.
  • Lisa Darragh (with Education) | Mathematics identity and transition to secondary school.
  • Gillian Frankcom (with Education) | Linking teacher anxiety and mathematical knowledge.
  • Robyn Gandell | Students’ mathematical problematising in problem solving
  • Barbara Kensington-Miller | A professional development strategy based on mentoring senior mathematics teachers in low decile schools.
  • Barbara Miller-Reilly | Adults learning mathematics.
  • John Griffith Moala | Overcoming cognitive obstacles in the context of mathematical tasks.
  • Mala Nataraj | The value of a historical perspective for the learning of place value.
  • Garry Nathan | Undergraduate mathematics students’ reasoning and argumentation.
  • Greg Oates | Development of a framework for a technology-integrated tertiary mathematics curriculum.
  • Judy Paterson | An instrumental case study of a professional development intervention that uses unfamiliar mathematics to prompt secondary teachers' re-thinking about learning and teaching.
  • Iresha Ratnayake | Teacher use of digital technology tasks in the secondary mathematics classroom.
  • Alan Gil delos Santos | Conceptual development on the learning of calculus with the integration of the graphic calculator.
  • Sepideh Stewart | Students’ conceptual understanding of linear algebra.
  • Dhanya Surith | Secondary mathematics teachers' subject matter knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge.